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The Ghost Walks -- During a stormy night at an old dark mansion, people who claim to see ghosts roaming the halls are later found murdered.

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Charles Belden (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
1 December 1934 (USA) See more »
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During a stormy night at an old dark mansion, people who claim to see ghosts roaming the halls are later found murdered. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
John Miljan ... Prescott Ames

June Collyer ... Gloria Shaw
Richard Carle ... Herman Wood
Henry Kolker ... Dr. Kent
Johnny Arthur ... Homer Erskine
Spencer Charters ... Guard
Donald Kirke ... Terry Shaw aka Terry Gray
Eve Southern ... Beatrice
Douglas Gerrard ... Carroway (as Douglas Gerard)
Wilson Benge ... Jarvis
Jack Shutta ... Head Guard
Harry Strang ... Guard

Directed by
Frank R. Strayer  (as Frank Strayer)
 
Writing credits
Charles Belden (original screenplay) (as Charles S. Belden)

Produced by
Maury M. Cohen .... producer
 
Cinematography by
M.A. Anderson  (as M.A. Andersen)
 
Film Editing by
Roland D. Reed 
 
Art Direction by
Edward C. Jewell 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Melville Shyer .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
L.E. Clark .... sound recording engineer
 
Music Department
Abe Meyer .... musical director (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Lon Young .... supervisor
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
69 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity System)
Certification:
USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Quotes:
Herman Wood:Was tha - was that the clock?
Homer Erskine:Ye - yes, I - I - I guess so. I - I - I think so. It must have been. But it's a union clock.
Herman Wood:What do you mean?
Homer Erskine:Well, it strikes any old time.
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Spoofed in The Ghost Talks (1949)See more »

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21 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
One of Frank Strayers Best and gay subtext too, 24 March 2005
Author: ricmarc2001 from United States

The Ghost Walks is a nifty little mystery with a great twist, snappy dialog, and best of all a pansy played to the twittery hilt by character actor Johnny Arthur which never demeans or denigrates his character. Mr. Arthur is great in his role of Homer Erskine bringing great comic relief as the secretary of the Broadway producer Herman Wood, played by another great character actor Richard Carle.

They play off of each other superbly.

Although the acceptable words of the time sissy and cream puff are used to describe the character of Homer, it is never mean spirited or meant as denigration, and are not spoken by the manly males of the film but by his employer, who fires and rehires him every other scene and who displays an almost exasperated affection for his devoted employee.

There is a great scene where Homer tells his boss that he has devoted the best years of his life to him and has been everything but a mother to him.

The mystery angle of the film is very entertaining, and the twist at the end might just leave you in stitches.

For a low budget poverty row picture, this film has superb set decoration and great costuming.

Director Frank Strayer ably handles his cast and this film holds together much better than some of his other low budget mystery attempts, but he had a great script to work with and some wonderful actors to carry it through.

This film is a must see for devotees of poverty row films, old dark house mysteries (they actually managed to work in the lines "It was a dark and stormy night)and it has the added bonus of being an early representation of a gay character in film where nothing bad happens to them in the end.

This movie is available for download in the public domain film section of the Internet Archive at archive.org.

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